The city's public works director announced Thursday that damage to public property is currently estimated at $5.8 million - and climbing.

Tim Wilson said the figure was presented Tuesday to Federal Emergency Managment Agency representatives who met with city officials in the aftermath of Miami's most recent flood of record.

The damage assessment will now go to the desk of Gov. Brad Henry who is expected to send it on to the office of President George Bush with a request for a declaration of public assistance.

Wilson said department heads were commended by FEMA officials at Tuesday's meeting, saying that the federal representatives indicated that Miami's presentation was comprehensive, well-organized and relieved FEMA of “many hours” of work on the ground.

The city now has 30 days to make adjustments to the assessment.

Wilson said that, if a declaration of public assistance is issued, the city could see up to 90 percent of its loss recovered through federal assistance. State assistance may also be available.